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Palm Desert Campus Holds Eco-Economy Summit


UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center Holds Eco-Economy Summit April 25

Building a Coachella Valley for Future Generations: Desert Lyceum 2008 on Energy, Environment & Economic Change, will cover energy conservation and efficiency and sustainable building.

(April 15, 2008)

The Summit on April 25 features keynote speakers, informative break-out sessions and dynamic dialogue. <br />
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The Summit on April 25 features keynote speakers, informative break-out sessions and dynamic dialogue.

PALM DESERT, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- The public is invited to attend a one-day summit that brings together experts, local leaders, and the community to explore and discuss energy conservation and efficiency, sustainable building and how the Coachella Valley can attract clean industry. Presented by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments in partnership with the Building Industry Association - Desert Chapter and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

The UCR Desert Lyceum 2008 Summit on Energy, Environment & Economic Change will be held on Friday, April 25th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, 44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA. The cost to attend is $110. The fee includes lunch and a reception at 4:30 p.m. Register online at www.DesertLyceum.org.

The Summit features keynote speakers, informative break-out sessions and dynamic dialogue with an emphasis on open interaction among all the participants to find energy solutions and create pathways for job creation and economic growth in the new eco-economy.

"Our goal is to bring the public into our dialogue to discuss and debate ideas that will lead to our entire valley working together to become cleaner, greener and more prosperous," said Carolyn Stark, Executive Director of the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center and a co-chair of the Desert Lyceum.

In the morning, breakout sessions feature topics such as:

Green Programs: Creating Sustainable Buildings

Making it Work: Local Governments and Sustainability

Can We Create a 21st Century Workforce?

Educating our Community: Building for a Green Future

Connecting Investment with Opportunity to Grow Desired Industry Sectors

Planning for the Future of a Green Community

What is on our Legislative Horizon?

Are We Ready for CleanTech and GreenTech?


Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge and Don Siegel, UCR professor and associate dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, are panelists on a break-out session that looks at funding options and government incentives and mandates for green building.

In the afternoon, the Summit features a Socratic Dialogue session, which is a moderated debate with a panel of the day's speakers. The session will address provocative questions such as: Is climate change really happening? Should government mandate energy efficiency? How can you reduce your carbon footprint? How do we realize our goals for energy efficiency and create a regional framework for economic growth in the green sector? The public is encouraged to participate in the debate.

Why Desert Lyceum?

The Lyceum was a gymnasium in ancient Athens, most famous for its association with Aristotle. The Lyceum was also an important early milestone in the development of Western science and philosophy. In the mid-1800s and early 1900s there was an informal network of Lyceums often called Chautauqua in the United States, usually in small towns.


The Lyceum Movement contributed significantly to the education of the adult American in the nineteenth century and provided the cultural framework for many of the areas of influence. Stark used that premise as the inspiration for the creation of the Desert Lyceum in 2007. She asked Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson to co-chair the Desert Lyceum and together they have brought together key representatives and leaders from government, education, business and the community to meet year-round to explore issues of consequence to the future of the Coachella Valley.

The purpose of the Desert Lyceum is to act as a catalyst to bring together diverse opinions and expertise to focus on Coachella Valley issues related to quality of life, economic growth and balanced sustainability for the future of the Coachella Valley. The group focuses on one macro issue each year and their activities culminate in an annual summit. The inaugural summit is the 2008 Summit on Energy, Environment and Economic Change.

The Desert Lyceum 2008 Summit is presented by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments in partnership with the Building Industry Association - Desert Chapter and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

For more information and a copy of the summit program, visit www.DesertLyceum.org or call the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center at 760-834-0590.

About UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center:

As a vital partner in the community, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Palm Desert Graduate Center serves as a catalyst for growth and economic diversification in the Coachella Valley. Laying the groundwork for economic success and improved quality of life locally, the Center brings the promise and power of an accomplished university to the region through its innovative MBA and MFA graduate degrees, relevant research, resources and community service programs. To find out more about the power of one degree and how it can change your life, visit www.palmdesert.ucr.edu or call (760) 834-0800.


Donald Siegel, UCR professor and associate dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, is one of the panelists on a break-out session that looks at funding options and government incentives and mandates for green building.<br />
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Donald Siegel, UCR professor and associate dean of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, is one of the panelists on a break-out session that looks at funding options and government incentives and mandates for green building.

Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge of Riverside, will also be a panelist discussing green building.Enlarge

Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge of Riverside, will also be a panelist discussing green building.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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